Granite is a great material for countertops, and the rising popularity of custom granite counters shows this. While granite countertops in your Surrey home are fairly low maintenance, there is one maintenance item that should be carried out. Granite is naturally resistant to moisture, but it is very porous. This means that spilled liquids can seep into the granit, which could cause staining. To prevent this, granite countertops should be sealed.
How Does Sealing Help?
Any liquids that have some colour to them can possibly stain an unsealed granite countertop. For example, red wine or grape juice are common spill culprits that can leave an unsightly stain. Even different fats and oils can soak into the stones pores and cause staining. This happens more commonly around the sink and stovetops. Applying a sealant to your granite blocks these pores, instead causing these liquids to bead on the surface, ready to easily be wiped up.
How Often Should Granite Countertops be Sealed?
The general rule is that granite countertops should be sealed once a year. There can be some variance in this, however, as different pieces of stone may be more or less porous. You can always do a quick and easy test to see if it is time to be resealed by putting a small amount of water on the countertop. If it soaks into the stone, it’s a sign that sealing is needed. A properly sealed granite countertop should cause the water to bead up.
Sealing a granite countertop is not a difficult task. A professional can help with this if you prefer to pass off the work, but if you are a do it yourselfer, you can pick up the supplies needed at any reputable granite dealer, such as Elite Kitchens. You will need a cleaning agent, and the sealer, as well as some old rags. Remember that the countertops will not be useable for about 24 hours after sealing, so plan accordingly. For all of your granite kitchen counters needs in Surrey, make sure you check out Elite Kitchens.